Ariel view of Enmore River (Photo by Sean Landsman)
In 2017, NCC conserved 55 acres (22 hectares) of salt marsh and coastal forest along the Enmore River, on Egmont Bay, on the southwest coast of PEI. This nature reserve features a large, undisturbed salt marsh estuary and a diverse forest of red maple, birch, aspen and black spruce, as well as trees rare to the Island, such as black ash and eastern white cedar. The reserve is located in one of only two forested wildlife corridors remaining on the Island and is an important habitat for red fox, ruffed grouse, snowshoe hare and many species of birds.
Because much of Prince Edward Island has been extensively developed, conserving the Island’s existing forests and intact salt marshes is a priority for NCC and our partners. Conservation of this property was made possible with the financial support of the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Including the Enmore River property, the Nature Conservancy of Canada has protected close to 400 acres (162 hectares) in the Egmont Bay area.